Once upon a time, three idiots did a podcast. Their names were Paul Smith, Arlo “AJ” Wiley, and Joseph “Will Penley” Lewis. And no, we’re not talking about Gobbledygeek episode 400–we’re talking about the very first episode, recorded a full decade ago. This painful, awkward reminder of where it all began has been lost to time and/or the BlogTalkRadio servers for at least a few years now. Now, it has been restored–but never remastered–to its proper glory. Relive the earliest day of the podcast, with discussion of Alice in Wonderland, Lost, Joss Whedon, Kevin Smith, and a whole bunch of random nerd shit they did not have the faculties to properly critique. Enjoy?
The geeks speak! Gobbledygeek has been resurrected via cloning or Force magic or some shit, and to kick off season 11, Broken Magic author and The Deli Counter of Justice co-creator Eric Sipple has lightspeed-skipped on over to discuss Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker. After adoring The Last Jedi, the gang approached this supposed final film in the Skywalker Saga with heavy amounts of skepticism–well-earned, depending on who you ask. They discuss the mystical, magical malarkey behind Palpatine’s return; how director J.J. Abrams and writer Chris Terrio are uniquely suited to not deliver a satisfying conclusion; the oodles of fan service; what the film’s final scene means for the legacy of Star Wars; and more. Plus, they talk about The Baby Yoda Show AKA The Mandalorian.
Next: it is January 29, 2020. Paul and Arlo are discussing Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen for a Four-Color Flashback. I am tired of this world; these people.
Total Run Time: 02:35:50
- 00:00:00 – Intro
- 00:02:35 – The Mandalorian
- 00:28:52 – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
- 02:31:20 – Outro / Next
- “Fanfare and Prologue” by John Williams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2019)
- “Finale” by John Williams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2019)
- “Why ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Pissed Off Fans” by Matt Singer, Screencrush
- “The Last Jedi dared to put the philosophy of Star Wars in the foreground” by Siddhant Adlahka, Polygon
- “The Rise Of Skywalker, And How Star Wars Is Junk” by Chuck Wendig, Terribleminds
- “Rey’s revelation in ‘Rise of Skywalker’ changes Star Wars for the worse” by Chris Taylor, Mashable
- “How ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Failed Kylo Ren and What It Could Have Learned from ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’” by Hoai-Tran Bui, SlashFilm
- “Rote and Cowardly, The Rise of Skywalker Sets a Dangerous Precedent” by Jeffrey Zhang, Strange Harbors
- “STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Has A Ben Solo Problem” by Lindsey Romain, Nerdist
- “There’s No Such Thing as a Great Star Wars Movie” by Edoardo Ranaboldo, CBR
- “The Rise of Skywalker Makes It Clear Star Wars NEEDS Rian Johnson” by Anthony Gramuglia, CBR
- “‘Star Wars’: Still With Us, but No Longer Above Us” by Owen Gleiberman, Variety
- “Proof That Luke Skywalker’s Story Got the Proper Ending: King Arthur” by Eric Diaz, Nerdist
- “Dark Star Rising: How Adam Driver’s angst and brooding intensity made the world fall in love with a ‘Star Wars’ supervillain” by Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone
- “The Rise of Skywalker Allowed Toxic Fandom to Win” by Sergio Pereira, CBR
- “Star Wars: Did The Skywalker Saga Bring Balance to the Force in the End?” by Hannah Collins, CBR
- “The Greatest Trick Star Wars Ever Played Was Making Us Think It Was About Redemption” by Susana Polo, Polygon
When the apocalypse happens, wouldn’t you want to wake up in an underground bunker, shackled to a wall and pricked with a makeshift IV by none other than American screen luminary John Goodman? Well, cult icon-in-the-making Mary Elizabeth Winstead isn’t thrilled by her new circumstances, while the amiably bearded John Gallagher Jr. just wants everyone to get along. Paul and AJ, meanwhile, contemplate 10 Cloverfield Lane‘s connection to 2008’s found footage monster mash Cloverfield, debate its effectiveness as a psychological thriller, and stick up for child killers (wait, no, that’s just Paul). Plus, AJ’s dying. Again.
Next: Four-Color Flashback 2016 kicks off with a look at the first story arc of Matt Wagner’s Grendel, “Devil by the Deed.”
For the season finale of Gobbledygeek, Paul and AJ turn to a little-seen, rarely discussed art film: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. Joining them are Kenn Edwards of So Let’s Get to the Point, Broken Magic author and The Deli Counter of Justice co-editor Eric Sipple, and Star Wars superfan Andrew Allen, scum and villains all. The Force Awakens is strong with nostalgia for the original films, a fact which sits better with some of our panel than others. The gang discusses why the movie leans heavily on the past, whether or not the series is capable of looking forward, the film’s place in the established Skywalker mythos, and how it has the exact opposite problem of George Lucas’ efforts.
Next: we’re on winter break before returning in roughly three weeks’ time with a look at Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight; Eric Sipple and A/V writer-director Joseph Lewis bring us up to a Somewhat Disgruntled Four. In the meantime, thank you for a great 2015 and have yourself some happy holidays.
The long and winding road of the Gobbledy-Book Club has led us here, through factories and caves and cellars, to the final two chapters of J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst’s S. Paul and AJ host an all-star jam band reunion of their co-readers: Paul’s better half Pam Smith, whom we have to thank for just about everything; The Debatable Podcast host and Ukrainian royal Greg Sahadachny; and Kenn Edwards of So Let’s Get to the Point and Project Batman, who might just be recording your entire existence as a podcast. Believe it or not, the show is (mostly) able to contain all five of them as they get to the important business of discussing the conclusions of both Ship of Theseus and the Jen/Eric marginalia, the importance of endings, and the open-ended nature of many of the tale’s mysteries (sound familiar, Lost fans?). Plus, the gang says goodbye to the late, great Harold Ramis.
Next: the boys are on their own again to pay tribute to the work of Harold Ramis. They’ll be watching Meatballs, Stripes, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day.
The penultimate installment of the Gobbledy-Book Club is here, as Kenn Edwards of So Let’s Get to the Point and Project Batman joins Paul and AJ to discuss chapters 7-8 of J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst’s S. The book–both books!–is heading toward its conclusion, so of course, things only get more complicated. S. becomes the assassin he was destined to be, Jen and Eric draw closer and closer, and major headway is made in the pair’s investigation. Oh, and there’s a napkin. We talk a lot about the napkin. Plus, the gang talks about Funko’s incredibly expansive 2014 toy line.
Next: discussion of S. draws to a close with an all-star jam band reunion of our co-readers.
Shifting identities. Confessions of love. Chases in the dark. Names. Lots of names. These things and more can be found in chapters 4-6 of J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst’s S., here discussed by your learned and astute co-readers. The Debatable Podcast‘s Greg Sahadachny joins Paul and AJ for the second week of the Gobbledy-Book Club, talking about the unique way he started reading the book, whether Eric and Jen’s marginalia or Ship of Theseus itself is more captivating, and what a “second” is. If the boys scratched the surface last week, this time they plunge headfirst into the dark, mysterious world of S. Come on in, the water’s fine.
Next: discussion of S. continues as Kenn Edwards of So Let’s Get to the Point and Project Batman helps explore chapters 7 and 8.
This week marks the beginning of our very first Gobbledy-Book Club, in which we’ll be discussing the J.J. Abrams/Doug Dorst novel S. every week of February. For our first discussion, Paul and AJ talk the book’s first three chapters with the lovely Pam Smith, who may or may not be married to one of your dashing hosts. The gang discusses the book’s seriously ingenious book-within-a-book structure, the pervasive concept of multiple identities, the numerous thematic/stylistic ties to Abrams’ Lost, all those cool little inserts, and how exactly you’re supposed to read the damn thing. Plus, we pay our respects to the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Next: the Gobbledy-Book Club continues with a discussion of chapters 4-6, pp. 111-259.
This week, Paul and AJ are joined by stuntwoman, martial artist, fight choreographer, and all-around badass Clodagh Power (those aren’t even all of her credentials!). They discuss her experience getting into stuntwork, the insanely violent art of Ninjitsu, filming the movie Evil Alive and the television pilot Hitting Home, and her deep love of Liam Neeson, among other subjects. Plus, the boys accept the fact that J.J. Abrams will be directing the new Star Wars and fawn over Silver Linings Playbook.
Next: it’s the Spring Movie Preview!
Paul and I rambled on and on about our favorites of 2011 in our second season finale, but that isn’t gonna stop us from rambling some more. This is the first in a series of top 10s that will be spread out over the next couple weeks; the rest will concern television, albums, and comic books.
But first, a word about lists. Paul has described my obsession with list-making as a “sickness,” and that’s probably close to the truth. However, even one such as I, beholden to rating and ranking everything known to man, know that these kinds of things are imperfect, to put it lightly. For one, no matter how all-inclusive you try to be, there’s always going to be a movie (or show, or comic, etc.) that you somehow missed; for example, as of this writing, neither Paul nor I have seen The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Shame, or Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, just to name a few. And more importantly, lists are always subject to how their makers feel at the moment they’re making them. Each of our top 10s represent the movies we love right now, and with the exception of our #1 choices, their order could be fluid, changing from day to day, mood to mood.
Right now, though? These are the films we adore, and which we feel exemplify 2011.
PAUL: 10. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (dir. Rupert Wyatt)
The summer blockbuster that was better than any of us had any right to expect. Not only a remarkably capable relaunch/reboot of a beloved but dated franchise, but also just a damned good popcorn flick in its own right. Andy Serkis brings heart and humanity (pun intended) to the “inhuman” protagonist. It’s Pinocchio and Moses and Che Guevara.
AJ: 10. GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD (dir. Martin Scorsese)
It has been lazy shorthand for decades to refer to George Harrison as the “quiet Beatle,” and though that might have a kernel of truth to it, the man himself was far more complex. Publicly, he was quiet because he desperately hated fame; professionally, he was quiet during the Beatle years because John and Paul vetoed his material, and later, because he was content with tending to his family and to his garden. Martin Scorsese’s Bob Dylan documentary No Direction Home definitively captured that 60s icon’s brilliance and enigma, and while Living in the Material World doesn’t quite do the same for this 60s icon, it comes close enough. In the first part of this two-part doc, the entire life cycle of The Beatles is rehashed yet again, though considering it’s Scorsese at the helm, it remains of interest. It’s in the second part, however, when things truly come alive. By telling of his unsung career as a film producer, enticing candid stories from a number of those closest to him, and showing private home movies, Scorsese paints a portrait of Harrison as a man perpetually struggling to reconcile his spirituality with his materialism, caught between divinity and mortality.